The renowned Irish music group, The London Lasses, is celebrating a significant milestone with the release of their 25th anniversary album, “LL25”. Known for their powerful and traditional signature sound, the album is a commemorative piece that encapsulates the band’s remarkable journey in the realm of Irish music over the last quarter-century.

The new album, featuring all-new material, is not just a reflection of the band’s evolution but also a tribute to the rich history of traditional Irish music in London. It includes contributions from both past and present members, bringing together a diverse range of musical talents and styles. This compilation is a testament to the enduring legacy and adaptability of Irish music, transcending time and geographical boundaries.

Spanning four centuries of Irish music, “LL25” pays homage to the genre’s deep roots and evolving nature. From the historical ‘Planxty Thomas Burke’ by the harper-composer Carolan, who lived in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, to newly composed tunes by contemporary artists such as concertina player Edel Fox, flute player Tommy Fitzharris, and harper Michael Rooney, the album offers a panoramic view of the genre’s development. Vocalist Bróna McVittie enhances the album’s allure with her captivating renditions, including the beautiful ‘Bánchnoic Éireann Ó (The Fair Hills of Ireland)‘, an ode to Ireland dating back to the 1700s.

Band leader Karen Ryan, also the Director of the annual Return to London Town Festival and a prominent figure in London’s Irish music scene, shares a personal connection with the album. “This album is one that’s very close to my heart,” says Ryan. “It brings together 16 wonderful musicians and brings back a lifetime’s worth of musical memories and friendships.” Her sentiments echo the close-knit nature of the group and their shared passion for Irish music.

Since their informal debut in the United States in 1997, The London Lasses have graced some of the world’s most prestigious stages and festivals. They have performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London, where they played the first-ever BBC Proms céilí, the Cambridge Folk Festival, Dublin City Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Philadelphia Irish Festival, and the legendary Glastonbury Festival. These performances highlight the band’s global appeal and their role in promoting Irish music on an international scale.

The London Lasses have been instrumental in popularizing what is known as the “London style” of Irish music. This style emerged in the mid-20th century when Irish immigrants in London, coming from various counties, blended their musical traditions to find common ground. This fusion created a new variant of Irish music, distinct in its approach and reflective of the multicultural fabric of London.

The band’s journey and the album itself are not just about music but also about cultural heritage and community. “LL25” is a celebration of the long-standing tradition of Irish music in London and the band’s contribution to it. It’s a story of immigration, adaptation, and the unifying power of music.

The London Lasses are planning a series of live performances in the UK and Ireland to commemorate the release of “LL25”. These performances are not just concerts but cultural gatherings, inviting audiences to join in the celebration of Irish music’s beauty and richness. Through these events and the new album, The London Lasses continue to share their passion for Irish music, ensuring its preservation and continued evolution for future generations.

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